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Anthony Martial offered Manchester United an outlet against Liverpool

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United were rather limp in attack against Liverpool but one player who was trying his utmost to make a difference all game was Anthony Martial.

The mere fact the Frenchman had two or three Liverpool players around him every time he had the ball said it all – Jurgen Klopp identified him as our main threat and tried to stop him from playing.

It wasn’t really too surprising to see our goal coming from elsewhere simply because of how much Martial was being marked out of the game but nonetheless he was our focal point in attack.

With nine take-ons, 100% of his tackles (including an excellent one in his own box in the first half) and one chance created, Martial gave Liverpool plenty of problems for the whole game.

I love watching him play. Nobody else in our team runs at defenders quite like Martial does; he does it with pace, conviction and confidence and that’s what makes him such a dangerous player. Defenders don’t really know how to stop him other than doubling up, which leaves space elsewhere, or by bringing him down.

Although he wasn’t able to get on the score-sheet, there’s no doubting that Martial’s energy, drive and movement played a vital role in United’s 1-0 snatch-and-grab at Anfield today. The more games he plays, the more he grows in importance to Louis van Gaal‘s side.

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